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Motivated by Mentorship

By Katherine Dvorak

Samantha Brugmann, PhD ’05, had one simple Christmas wish when she was 11 years old: a microscope. Back then, she had no way of knowing the gift would lead to a handshake with President Barack Obama as she accepted the government’s highest honor for those in her field: the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. Read more

Health Care from the Inside Out

Addressing the health of the justice system’s at-risk population to improve the public’s health at large

By Caroline Trent-Gurbuz

In 1991, as Newton Kendig, MD, was on the cusp of completing an infectious disease fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, his next step was opaque — until a lawsuit led him down the path of correctional medicine and, eventually, criminal justice health. Read more

Hearts and Minds

By Ashley Rizzardo

Talal Alzahrani, MD, MPH, was always interested in cardiology, particularly in cardiovascular disease. Not long after earning his medical degree from King Abdulaziz University in his native country, Saudi Arabia, the newly minted doctor completed his residency in internal medicine at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), where he found himself an unbeatable opportunity: a cardiology fellowship. Read more

Finding a Seat at the Table

By Katherine Dvorak

Tirsit Makonnen, a second-year MD student at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences, understands the power of giving back. Even before becoming a medical student, she made an impact on communities in the United States and abroad through internships and volunteer work.

Then, in November 2017, Makonnen got the opportunity to help medical students in the mid-Atlantic region find their seat at the table as aspiring medical professionals. Read more